Stelios Awards terms and conditions

Before you apply to the Stelios Awards 2019 please read our new terms and conditions.

If you have any queries, please contact the Stelios Team on 07740 515 957 (Tuesdays and Thursdays only) or by email on

Please read the terms and conditions very carefully - particularly section three, four and five.

1. General

  • i. This competition is organised and administered by Leonard Cheshire Disability, a charity registered in England and Wales under number 218186 (“Leonard Cheshire”), and The Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, a charity registered in England and Wales under number 1141206.
  • ii. These terms and conditions govern applicants’ participation in the competition known as the Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK (the “Stelios Awards”). 
  • iii. Leonard Cheshire and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time without notice by publishing updated terms and conditions at and/or  (the “Websites”). 
  • iv. The Leonard Cheshire website will open for entries on Thursday 06th June 2019 and close on Tuesday 10th September 2019 at 17:00 GMT.
  • v.  By submitting an application to the Stelios Awards, all applicants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions in full.
  • vi. Entry into the Stelios Awards is prohibited for employees (and their families) of the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation and/or Leonard Cheshire. 
  • vii. Leonard Cheshire and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel or suspend the Stelios Awards should causes beyond their control interfere with the administration of or proper participation therein. 
  • viii. Leonard Cheshire and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation assume no responsibility for postal, technical or natural conditions that prevent the reception and/or judging of an application. 
  • ix. The judges’ decisions will be final and binding, and no further correspondence or discussion will be entered into. 

2. Monetary prizes as of 2019 

A total of £100,000 will be distributed as follows:

  • i.  £30,000 to one overall winner.
  • ii.  £10,000 to four shortlist winners each.
  • iii. £5,000 to four longlist winners each.
  • iv. A Judges’ Prize of £10,000 to be distributed to one or more applicants at the Judges’ discretion.

3. Eligibility and Award criteria 

  • i. The awards are open to disabled applicants over the age of 18 operating in the UK only. We use the Equality Act 2010 definition of disability, which includes long-term mental and physical health conditions. If you have any queries about whether you qualify please contact us at   
  • ii. To be eligible, a disabled entrepreneur must own at least 50 per cent of the applying company. If an applicant owns a smaller percentage, they should write to us via email to ask for an exemption. 
  • iii. The awards are open to registered and not-yet-registered companies, partnerships, charities and social enterprises.  
  • iv. The company, partnership, charity and/or social enterprise may be up to seven years old.
  • v. Past winners and/or applicants are welcome to re-apply. 
  • vi. The applicant must have an active business online presence. If you do not have an active digital presence please include your future plans on the application form.
  • vii. The applicant must join the Facebook group Stelios Awards for  Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK. If an applicant is not a member of Facebook, they should write to us on email to ask for an exemption. 
  • viii. Applicants may apply as many times as they like with different companies, partnerships, charities and social enterprises, but may not submit more than one application per organisation.

4. Application Submission 

  • i. The Leonard Cheshire website will open for entries on Thursday 06th June 2019 and close on Tuesday 10th September 2019 at 17:00 GMT. Leonard Cheshire and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation are not responsible for and will not accept any application received after this time. 
  • ii.  Applicants must download and complete the formal application form via Facebook or the Leonard Cheshire website and email it to If a disability prevents such an application, alternative formats will be considered. 
  • iii.  All applications must be submitted by Tuesday 10th September 2019 at 17:00 GMT. 
  • iv.  All applications and any supporting material must be in English.
  • v.   Should an applicant require an alternative format, such as dictation or audio file please contact us on
  • vi.  Leonard Cheshire and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation reserve the right (at their sole discretion) to contact any applicant to request amendments and/or additional information following submission of an application to ensure that such application meets the minimum requirements set out and described by “Eligibility and Criteria”. 
  • vii. Leonard Cheshire and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation will not accept applications which include profanity, pornography, indecent images and/or references and/or which infringe the rights of third parties (including without limitation intellectual property rights). Leonard Cheshire and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation reserve the right to reject any application they consider (acting reasonably) to be incomplete or to contain inappropriate content, or which is not sufficiently clear.

5. Publicity, promotion and other obligations of prize winners

  • i. All prize-winners agree to take part, on Leonard Cheshire and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation’s reasonable written request, in any publicity or promotional activity surrounding the Stelios Awards for that year applied.
  • ii. There will be no disclosure of a disability to the media without the written consent of the award finalists, though we advise finalists that owing to the Awards' criteria, it is likely most journalists will make a presumption of disability. 
  • iii. The overall winner agrees to serve as a judge for the first round of judging for the Stelios Awards 2020.

6. Intellectual Property

  • i. Leonard Cheshire and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation are not responsible for obtaining or verifying any intellectual property rights relating to an application. 
  • ii. It is the responsibility of the applicant(s) to secure protection for a product or service which is being entered to the Awards competition. Proof of any patents, design applications or registrations, trademark applications or registrations, other rights, applications or permissions should be referred to in the application.
  • iii. By submitting an application each applicant confirms they are the owner or licensee of all appropriate intellectual property (and moral rights).
  • iv. The applicant shall fully indemnify, keep indemnified and hold harmless Leonard Cheshire and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation against all costs, expenses (including legal expenses), damages, losses or liabilities suffered or incurred by Leonard Cheshire and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation applicant’s infringement of the intellectual property rights of a third party. For the avoidance of doubt, where the relevant application is submitted by more than one person, the liability of each applying person under this clause shall be joint. 
  • v. All intellectual property rights to a product or service shall at all times remain (as between the parties) the property of the applicant(s). Nothing in these terms and conditions or an applicant’s participation to the Stelios Awards shall operate to assign or license any intellectual property rights in the Invention to Leonard Cheshire, the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation or any third party (including without limitation the Easy group of companies).

7. GDPR – your personal data 

  • i. In keeping with GDPR, Leonard Cheshire and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation shall keep all applicants’ contact and personal details confidential and password protected and shall not disclose them to third parties outside Leonard Cheshire and Stelios Philanthropic Foundation without the written consent of the applicant. 
  • ii. In keeping with GDPR, applicants understand that in submitting an application, applicants expressly authorise Leonard Cheshire and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation to use the application’s data collected during the registration process for the purposes of administering the Stelios Awards. Leonard Cheshire and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation shall collect, store, use, handle and process applicants’ personal data in accordance with its privacy policy (available on the Website) and all applicable laws and regulations. 
  • iii. Applicants shall be entitled at any time to access or amend or delete their personal data held by Leonard Cheshire and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation by the means of an e-mail or letter addressed to the Leonard Cheshire and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation.
  • iv. All prize-winners understand and agree that information about their company will be made publicly available and can be shared by Leonard Cheshire and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation across any and all media channels. Should you have a patent pending please contact the
  • v. Leonard Cheshire and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation will not pass on the applicants’ personal data to third parties – with the exception of the independent judging panel and Sir Stelios’ final judging panel- without the applicants’ prior written consent.

8. Judging

  • i. A panel of at least five independent judges will review each application during the first round of judging.
  • ii. After the awards' deadline, applications will be distributed to the judges using a computer randomiser. 
  • iii. All judges are responsible for flagging to Leonard Cheshire an application and passing it on to another judge if the applicant and/or company is known to them.

The process

The Judging is in three stages: a longlist, a shortlist, and finalists’ interviews for the selection of the overall winner.

  • iv.    A total of 9 applications will be selected by the first-round judges (the “Longlist”).
  • v.    All Longlist applicants will receive monetary prizes.
  • vi.    The Longlist applicants will go through to a second round of judging. 
  • vii.    The second round of judging is organised by the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation. The judging panel will be headed by Sir Stelios Haji-ioannou.  

The five finalists ‘The Shortlist’

  • viii.    Five finalists chosen out of the Longlist (“The Shortlist”) will be individually asked to attend a 45 minute interview in London with Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, trustees of the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, and representatives of Leonard Cheshire in October 2019. The remaining four winners from the Longlist, who will not be asked for an interview, will receive the sum of £5,000 each.  
  • ix.    The Shortlist applicants will be responsible for the cost of travelling to London for the final interview as well as attending the awards ceremony.
  • x.    Sir Stelios Haji-ioannou will select the overall winner.
  • xi.    The overall Stelios Awards winner will be announced at an awards ceremony. 
  • xii.    The overall winner will receive the sum of £30,000.
  • xiii.    The four other winners from the Shortlist will receive the sum of £10,000 each 
  • xiv.    The Stelios Philanthropic Foundation shall pay (or shall procure the payment of) all applicable amounts into the UK bank account(s) nominated by the winner within 30 days of the winner of the relevant prize being announced. 
  • xv.    Where the prize is payable to more than one shareholder, the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation will pay the amount due into the UK bank account nominated on the application form, and will have no responsibility for dividing such amount between shareholders.
  • xvi.    In the event that a prize-winner refuses a prize, the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation will decide (at its discretion) how the prize money will be distributed (if at all) and neither the prize-winner nor the prize-winner’s company will have any rights in respect of the prize money or its distribution.  

The ‘Judges’ Prize’

This year sees the announcement of a new £10,000 prize “The Judges’ Prize”.

  • i.    The Judges’ prize can be awarded (and divided between) to one or more applicants and is at the discretion of the independent judging panel .

The criteria for this prize are deliberately flexible. Neil Heslop, CEO of Leonard Cheshire, and Sir Stelios, founder of easyjet and philanthropist said:

‘Through any call for competition entries there are often very good submissions which, for one reason or another, don’t completely “fit” the stated criteria. Nevertheless these submissions can sometimes offer something very special which excites the judging panel and which the judges feel merit recognition.’

9.    Liability and Termination

  • i.    Nothing in these terms and conditions shall be deemed to limit or exclude the liability of any party for death or personal injury caused by that party’s negligence, fraud, or any other liability which cannot by law be validly limited or excluded. 
  • ii.    Subject to clause 6i, Leonard Cheshire and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation shall have no liability (howsoever arising) for any indirect or consequential loss or damage. 
  • iii.    An applicant may at any time withdraw an application from the Stelios Awards on written notice to Leonard Cheshire and/or the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation. When an application has been submitted by more than one person, an application shall not be deemed to be withdrawn unless and until each applying person has notified Leonard Cheshire and/or the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation in writing. Email:  
  • iv.    Without prejudice to any other right or remedy which it may have, Leonard Cheshire and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation shall be entitled, at their absolute discretion and on written notice, to terminate the participation of an applicant to the Stelios Awards for breach of these terms and conditions or for bringing into disrepute Leonard Cheshire, the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation and/or the Easy group of companies. 

For the purposes of clarity:  

  • ‘Stelios Awards’ refers to the Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs UK 2019. 
  • ‘Applicants’ refers to anyone who enters the competition to win an award.
  • ‘Application’ refers to the form filed with Leonard Cheshire to enter the Awards' competition.